Mumbai, Dec 12: After making remarks on Virat Kohli's batting technique, England paceman James Anderson was targeted by offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin during the 4th Test and it required the Indian captain to "calm things down".
On Monday (December 12), India thrashed England by an innings and 36 runs at the Wankhede Stadium to clinch the 5-match rubber 3-0 with a game to play.
With India needing 1 wicket for victory, number 11 batsman Anderson walked into bat and Ashwin had few words to say. (Sachin's 'best advice' helped: Kohli)
Later, wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel and Kohli too were involved when the batsman came to the striker's end. South African umpire Marais Erasmus defused the tense situation and Ashwin dismissed Anderson for 2 as India won.
After the victory, Kohli was asked about the altercation with Anderson and he explained what happened stating he was the one who calmed things down.
"For the first time I was trying to calm things down, especially when he (James Anderson) is involved," Kohli said as journalists burst into peels of laughter.
He continued, "Ashwin was not pleased with whatever he (Anderson) said something in the press. Ashwin told me on the ground. I had no clue about it. I did not know what to make of it. I was laughing about it but Ashwin wasn't too impressed. He (Ashwin) let him (Anderson) know, not using any bad words, honestly.
"I think he told him 'he was pretty disappointed' with what he said. 'It is important to accept defeat the way it is' and things like that. You know how Ashwin is. He can strike you well, to the point. He doesn't need to use bad words. That is exactly what happened. Later on I told 'James it is fine these things happen'. Let us move on with it."
The 28-year-old Kohli, who hit his 3rd double century of the year 2016, in the 4th Test, had a tough time in England in 2014. He was dismissed 4 times in 5 Tests by Anderson during that tour. And Anderson questioned Kohli's batting technique even after the skipper's latest big score.
"I'm not sure he's (Kohli) changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he's got aren't in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There's not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England - with a bit more movement," Anderson had said.
"When that's not there, he's very much suited to playing in these conditions. He's a very good player of spin - and if you're not bang on the money and don't take your chances, he'll punish you," the right-arm fast bowler had said indicating that Kohli was good only on home pitches.
India and England will play the 5th and final Test of the series from December 16 in Chennai.